Paul R. Franklin, 89, of Bloomington, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and was reunited with his one true love Catherine on Tuesday November 17, 2015 at 2:50 PM at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington.
There will be a funeral for Paul at 12 PM Saturday November 21, 2015 at Beck Memorial Home in Bloomington. Visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral. Deacon Gayle Cyrulik will officiate. Interment will be in Park Hill Cemetery in Bloomington. Military rites will be performed by Bloomington Normal American Legion Honor Guard.
Paul was born February 2, 1926 in Bloomington to Joseph Henry and Emma Mae Gibson Franklin. He is survived by four children, Sherri “Shea Ryan” Franklin of Farmer City, Kathleen (Thomas) Dyer of Heyworth, Maria Franklin of Clinton, and Michael Franklin of Bloomington, one sister, Mary Jane Trueblood of Arkansas, four grandchildren, Trisha (Martin) Krylowicz, Air Force Staff Sgt. Robert Nash Ryan, Michelle Dyer and Katie Dyer, as well as two great-grandchildren Audra and Natalie Krylowicz. He was preceded in death by one sister Virginia and three brothers Eugene, Lloyd and Bill.
Paul retired from the United States Air Force as Tech Sgt. In 1970 after twenty years of service. He later worked sixteen years as an inspector for General Electric in Bloomington until his retirement. He enjoyed watching Western movies and was very mechanical. He enjoyed tinkering and could fix anything. He also enjoyed taking drives through the country. Paul was very proud of his service to his country while in the United States Air Force and inspired his grandson Nash who is currently serving in the Air Force. He was very proud of all his grandchildren.
The family would like to say a special thanks to all who assisted Paul in his final years, especially Rita, Dora, Lori, and Rocio as well as the staff at Liberty Village in Clinton and all the staff at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center who gave him great care in his final hours, especially Marilyn.
Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project.